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Post by AsLongAsBut100ofUs on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 11:26 am

From the scottishrugbyblog.co.uk:

Scotland Announce U18 Squad

Scotland under-18 head coach, Eddie Pollock has made two changes to the squad that held Wales to a draw until the visitors crossed the line in the closing minute last Sunday at Braidholm.

Into the mix come Phil Cringle and Robbie Tait, as Pollock looks to give as many players as possible the opportunity to show what they can do, in the build-up to selection for the FIRA tournament in Madrid in two weeks’ time.

Pollock said: “Obviously we still want to win games but the purpose of the games against Wales and England is to see as many players as we can in action and identify a team for Madrid, by the time we get to the last home nations game, away against Ireland, next weekend.”

Scotland put up a strong performance against their Welsh counterparts in their opening game of the season, crossing the line twice with tries from wingers Shaun MacDonald and Ed Farquharson, the conversion by stand-off Ben Cooper.

Pollock added: “We were pleased with the performance and have a chance, this week, to see more players starting before we field a near-final team against Ireland.”

The team for Sunday will be posted on the SRU web site prior to Sunday’s fixture.

Scotland under-18 squad v England under-18, Mansfield Park, Hawick, Sunday 18 March, kick-off 2pm
Forwards
1. James Malcolm (Hutchesons’ Grammar / GHA)
2. Blair Jardine (Kilmarnock / Carrick Academy)
3. Chris Barnes (HS of Glasgow / Glasgow Hawks)*
4. Ross Murray (Dollar / Stirling County)
5. D’arcy Rae (Kilmarnock)*
6. Robbie Tait (Millfield)
7. Neil Irvine-Hess (George Watson’s College)*
8. Andrew Cramond (Royal High / BATS)
9. Buchan Richardson (Wellington College)
10. Phil Cringle (Kirkham GS / Douglas)
11. Tommy Spinks (Fettes College)
12. Joe Jones (Merchiston Castle)
13. Cameron Turner (Robert Gordon’s College)*

Backs
1. Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Academy)*
2. Murdo McAndrew (Howe of Fife / Strathallan)
3. Ben Cooper (Sedbergh School)
4. Callum Irvine (Harrogate)
5. Frankie Robson (Kelso HS / Kelso)
6. Cameron Mackenzie-Lawrie (Warwick School)
7. Ed Farquharson (Aberdeen Grammar / Cults Academy)
8. Gavin Lowe (Ayr)*
9. Ramsay Young (George Watson’s College)*
10. Neil Herron (West of Scotland / Jordanhill School)*
11. Sam Pecqueur (Trinity Academy)
12. Shaun MacDonald (Dunblane HS / Stirling)*
13. Grant McConnell (Millfield)

* Scottish Institute of Sport supported player 2011/12

Scotland under-18 fixtures 2012

Sunday 11 March, Scotland under-18 12 – 19 Wales under-18, Braidholm, Glasgow
Sunday 18 March, Scotland under-18 v England under-18, Mansfield Park, Hawick, kick-off 2pm
Sunday 25 March, Ireland under-18 v Scotland under-18, Coolmine, Dublin, kick-off 12noon
Friday 30 March to Saturday 7 April, Justin Bridout Trophy, Madrid

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Post by Cumbrian on Fri 16 Mar 2012, 12:54 pm

The England Squad:

Josh Buggea (Hartpury College) (Worcester Warriors)
Joel Conlon (Ivybridge Community College) (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Ellis (Millfield) (Bath Rugby)
Danny Hobbs (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)
Maro Itoje (Harrow School) (Saracens)
Alex Lundberg (Hampton) (London Wasps)
Reece Marshall (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)
Ross Moriarty (Hartpury College) (Gloucester)
Jake Oldaker (Wellington College) (Bath Rugby)
Harry Rudkin (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st) (Leicester Tigers)#
Harry Thacker (Leicester Grammar) (Leicester Tigers)
Steve Uren (Filton College) (Bristol Rugby)
Scott Wilson (Sedbergh School) (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs
Callum Braley (Hartpury College) (Bristol Rugby)
Billy Burns (Hartpury College) (Gloucester Rugby)
Nick Carpenter (Filton College) (Bristol Rugby)
Oliver Claxton (Adams Grammar School) (Worcester Warriors)
Nathan Earle (Oaklands) (Saracens)
Zach Kibirige (Yarm School) (Newcastle Falcons)
Sam Olver (Oundle School) (Northampton Saints)
Javiah Pohe (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st) (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Stephenson (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)
Josh Watkins(Bromsgrove School) (Worcester Warriors)
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Post by Cumbrian on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

England won 8-20


A much-improved Scotland under-18 side were out-muscled by their English counterparts at Mansfield Park, Hawick, today (20-8).

After an unsettling opening 20 minutes, where England earned an eight-point lead, the young Scots adapted well to their opponents approach and finished the first half on a much more assured footing, earning a penalty to return to the changing rooms just five points adrift.

A try a piece in the second half seemed a fair share of the spoils in the second-half as Scotland seeked to play a fast–paced wide game against an increasingly direct and physical English pack.
Unfornately, with a score between the sides, that physicality told at scrum time with less than ten minutes left on the clock as number 8 Joel Conlon steered a 5m scrum to the try line before powering over for the decisive score.

Scotland U18 head coach, Eddie Pollock, said: “The boys put in a fantastic defensive effort here today. Our work rate and success rate to secure turnover ball was excellent.

“We put England under a lot pressure with our attacking style but we couldn’t retain possession for long enough periods to make the most of the periods of pressure.”

It was a challenging first quarter for the hosts who faced an England side who were testing their attacking armory against a resolute Scottish defence which held out until the 15-minute mark when they got the breakthrough.

Repeated English pick and goes on 5m line gradually wore down the Scottish defence and created enough space for scrum-half Callum Braley to snipe through and score.
Stand-off Sam Oliver’s conversion was just wide (5-0).

Scotland had done well to marshall England’s strong running wing and full-back combination of Zach Kibiridge and Nathan Earl who regularly tried to create overlaps on the short side however, up to this point, they had to work hard to achieve parity at the breakdown, with scrum-half Alex Glashan being snared by the England pack on a number of occasions.

To their credit, however, the young Scots were able to acknowledge and act on these difficulties, ensuring Glashan got the necessary protection he needed, while double tackling at the rucks slowed the English assault from short range attacks.

Their defensive effort was characterised by the difference in the second 20 minutes which began with England stand-off Sam Oliver’s rushed drop-goal, which marked the beginning of a tricky period for the visitors who found know way through with ball in hand.

Strong running from inside-centre Neil Herron and attacking guile from full-back Sam Pecqueur showed flashes of flair while man of the match winner Tommy Spinks and his front-row colleagues showed they were not shy of a carry or two.
ll this combined to great effect with some fine sweeping, running-rugby, forcing England to infringe at the ruck and concede a penalty in front of the stick which another impressive back, stand-off Callum Irvine, slotted.

It was becoming clear that with sustained possession, this team could do some damage.

HALF TIME: 3-8

England brought a much more direct approach to their second-half showing, using the wide channels as late options to midfield battering.

Credit is due to their efficiency and succes in this particular art as their second visit to the Scotland 5m line produced a try from back-row Ross Moriarty, who put the finishing touch on some strong England strides into Scotland’s 22.

Oliver added the extras to make the visitor’s lead more comfortable (3-15).

With Scotland chasing the game and the importance of giving players opportunity to showcase their talent ahead of the up and coming FIRA tournament, head coach Eddie Pollock introduced Ben Cooper and Grant McConnell at stand-off and full-back respectively.

The strength and power of the latter was a welcome sight as he strode inroads into the England back-line before the brightness and dynamism shown earlier by the Scots played out in full for their first try.

Tidy work from centres Herron and his outside partner Cameron Lawrie-MacKenzie created an overlap on the nearside touchline, putting Spinks through for a barnstorming burst between the 10 and five metre lines before offloading back inside to Lawrie-MacKenzie to dive over for the unconverted try (8-15).

With the match a score apart, England relied more and more on their route-one approach, a move characterised by the introduction of the 17 stone Daniel Hobbs-Awoyemi, an impact substitue in more ways than one.

With ten minutes remaining, the physicality told as a solid England scrum drove in the hard yards from the five metre line before Conlon got the winner.
FULL-TIME: 8-20

Scotland U18 next travel to Dublin to face Ireland in the last preparation fixture before the FIRA tournament in Madrid in two weeks' time.

Scotland U18 team: 15 Sam Pecqueur; 14 Ed Farquharson, 13 Cameron Lawrie-Mackenzie, 12 Neil Harron, 11 Shaun MacDonald; 10 Callum Irvine, 9 Alex Glashan CAPTAIN, 1 Darcy Rae, 2 Blair Jardine, 3 Chris Barnes, 4 Buchan Richardson, 5 Neil Irvine-Hess, 6 Tommy Spinks, 7 Robbie Tait, 8 Cameron Turner.

Substitutes: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Ross Murray, 18 Phil Cringle on for Barnes, 19 Andrew McCrammond on for Irvine-Hess, 20 Murdo McAndrew, 21 Ramsay Young on for Glashan, 22 Ben Cooper on for Irvine, 23 Frankie Robson, 24 Chris Dean on for Tait, 25 Gavin Lowe, 26 Grant McConnell on for MacDonald

England U18 team: 15 Zach Kibiridge; 14 Josh Watkins, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Javiah Pohe, 11 Earle Nathan; 10 Sam Oliver,

9 Callam Braley; 1 Harry Rudkin, 2 Harry Thacker, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Jake Oldaker, 6 Ross Moriarty, 7 Steve Uren, 8 Joel Conlon.

Substitutes: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Danny Hobbs, 18 Alex Lundberg, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Josh Buggea, 21 Oliver Claxton, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Nick Carpenter

Man of the match: Tomy Spinks (Scotland back-row)
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Post by AsLongAsBut100ofUs on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 8:40 am

Thanks for posting that, Cumbrian OK

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